A crowd of around 200 people gathered in Newgrange this morning to mark the Winter Solstice.
Several hundred people gathered around the 5,000-year-old monument in Co Meath yesterday for the moment that marks the shortest day of the year.
Inside the passage, the grey of an early dawn gradually gave way to a paler shade of half light and just before 9am a narrow beam of sunlight broke through the opening known as the roof box and lit up the chamber of the ancient tomb.
A number of other events are taking place around the country to mark the shortest day of the year.
Built 1,000 years before the Great Pyramids of Giza, the passage tomb at Newgrange was designed and constructed by stone age man.